Public Engagement

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Don’t Just Publish and Hope – Get Creative to Have Impact

Sorry, but academic publications in themselves are less likely to merit impact, though; if researchers want to reach beyond the ivy tower of academia, there are certain steps they can take. Why not consider a campaign? Toby Green discusses the imperative to ensure that researchers are seeking and finding proper audiences if they intend to cause impact. Researchers who do so will be more visible, and they’re more likely to win grants.

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Meet The Social Scientist, a New Networking Initiative for STEM

Danielle Tomasello describes The Social Scientist, a non-profit networking and outreach community of STEM professionals. Our volunteers answer questions that will benefit scientists’ interests, including a view of their work, environment and what it took for them to get there.

7 months ago
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Carol Dweck Talks Mindset, Recognition and Advice for Young Scholars

Earlier this month, psychologist Carol Dweck, author of the 2006 bestseller ‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,’ received the 2019 SAGE-CASBS Award. Social Science Space asked the award winner a few questions about her work, how growth mindset has been received by various publics, and what advice she might give today’s young scholars.

7 months ago
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How Do I Share My Article? Top Tips for After Publication

Publishing an article in a reputed academic journal is no mean feat. From the initial grant proposal, through to writing the paper, formatting it to meet journal guidelines and then waiting for peer review to be complete, a huge amount of time and work is required. And that’s assuming you’re accepted first time! Here’s how we counsel people about this at SAGE.

9 months ago
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Here Is the Science Behind Scheduling Social Media

Bringing science to science communications: Social media post scheduling long has been an art, not a science. A new study reveals the impact of time of day, targeted content advertising, and content type on link clicks and how these variables interact.

9 months ago
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More Than A March: Evidence Supporters Gather in Chicago

March for Science wants to continue the momentum from their global marches with the first ever March for Science three-day summit aimed at teaching community organizing and communication skills, and advocacy. The event, called the S|IGNS SUMMIT, will be held starting on July 6 in Chicago.

1 year ago
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The Other Dead of 1918

Although it won’t see the memorials and centenary events that the World War I Armistice will, it’s worth thinking back to the ravages of the ‘Spanish flu’ of a century ago and the implications that that pandemic of the past has for infections of the future.

1 year ago
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Five Principles of Science Communication

Effective communication is fundamental to increasing public understanding and for building the bridge between the public and the sciences. Suzi Spitzer outlines five principles of holistic science communication that can facilitate collaborative learning between scientists and the public.

2 years ago
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David Spiegelhalter

David Spiegelhalter on Communicating Statistics

While they aren’t as unpopular as politicians or journalists, people who work with statistics come in for their share of abuse. “Figures lie and liars figure,” goes one maxim. And don’t forget, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” But some people are the good guys, doing their best to combat the flawed or dishonest use of numbers. One of those good guys is the guest of this Social Science Bites podcast, David Spiegelhalter, professor of the public understanding of risk at Cambridge and current president of the Royal Statistical Society.

2 years ago
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Educational Reforms Still Have No Answer for School System

The Gates Foundation is regrouping after its latest school improvement disappointment, but it’s not bowing out of the education reform business. As the philanthropic powerhouse led by Bill and Melinda Gates explained in their latest annual letter to the public, it ended its effort to overhaul teacher evaluation systems after determining that these efforts were failing to generate intended results.

2 years ago
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Is There a Need for Novelty in Science?

In a recent survey of over 1,500 scientists, more than 70 percent of them reported having been unable to reproduce other scientists’ findings at least once. Reproducibility of findings is a core foundation of science and realizing how difficult it is to assess novelty should give funding agencies and scientists pause. Progress in science depends on new discoveries and following unexplored paths – but solid, reproducible research requires an equal emphasis on the robustness of the work.

2 years ago
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